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Gaming is for the Girls in 2014

The ESA, Entertainment Software Association, has put out its new 2014 study on the Essential Facts about the computer and video game industry for 2014. The document covers sales, demographics and usage data.

Last year their report mentioned that the split between Girl Gamers versus Guy Gamers was evenly split, and this year the ladies surpassed the men in the number of hours spent playing games.

Key Facts Game Playing

  • 59% of Americans play video games
  • 51% of US Households own a dedicated game console, and those that do own an average of 2
  • The average gamer is 31 years old
  • 29% under 18
  • 32% 18-35
  • 39% over 36
  • While 52% of gamers are male / 48% female, Women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (36%) than boys age 18 or younger (17%)
  • Average number of years gamers have been playing is 14

Key Facts on Game Purchasing

  • Average age of purchaser is 35
  • Purchases are split evenly between male and female at 50%
  • 44% of gamers state that gaming gives them the most value for their money compared to DVDs, Music or going out to Movies

Key Facts on Games PlayedOnline Game Breakdown

  • 11% MMOs
  • 24% Action, Sports, Strategy
  • 28% Puzzle, Board
  • 30% Casual/Social
  • 8% Other

Mobile Games Breakdown

  • 4% MMO
  • 11% Action, Sports, Strategy
  • 31% Puzzle, Board
  • 46% Casual/Social
  • 9% Other

Gaming with Family and Friends Breakdown

  • 62% of gamers play with others
  • 77% of gamers play with others at least one hour per week
  • 32% play with other family members
  • 14% play with spouse or significant other
  • 18% play with parents
  • 42% play with friends
  • 56% of parents say video gaes are a positive part of their child’s life
  • 95% of parents pay attention to the content of the games their children play

Other Stats

  • From both Consoles and Computers included: Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Madden NFL 25, Starcraft III: Heart of the Swarm Expansion, and Sim City 2013.
  • Total Consumer Spend $21.53 Billion

Read the full PDF report for additional stats and details.